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LRC 2018 Annual Dinner

Over 90 members and their guests attended the Club's Annual Dinner on Friday 26 January.  Our thanks are due to Rachel Collum and her team for a fine evening.

In the course of the evening Imogen Walsh presented the Club with her World Championship Oar,  Chris Harris presented the Club with a rudder commemorating London's victory in the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, whose crew was coxed by his father, and Club Captain Tim Grant unveiled the new honours board commemorating the Club's Under-23 Internationals.

After Dinner Tim Grant spoke at length about the Club's new mission and direction.  Jeremy 'Rass' Randall, President of Leander Club (pictured left), proposed the health of the Club.  Our President Mike Baldwin (pictured below) replied on behalf of the Club and proposed the health of our Guests.  Harry Bond, Captain of Vesta Rowing Club, replied on behalf of the Guests.





Rachel Hunt illustration of LRC for sale

Rachel Hunt is a local illustrator. Much of her portfolio is based upon the boat clubs on Putney Embankment. As well as a panoramic print depicting the lively Embankment during a boat race, she has also created a limited edition print of individual clubs. 


Here is her Illustration, ‘London Rowing Club, Putney’. Rachel would love to offer LRC members a 20% discount on prints in the run up to Christmas. Purchases can be made through her website ,using the discount code ‘LOVELRC20'



6s and 7s Club Annual Dinner

The 37th Annual Dinner of the 6s and 7s Club took place at the Clubhouse on 26 October 2017.  Fifteen members enjoyed a fine supper and a convivial evening, as always.

Founded by a group of members in 1980, the original objects of the 6s and 7s were “to meet and dine together not less than once a year” and “to support the London Rowing Club by raising funds for such purposes as the members of [the 6s and 7s] shall from time to time select”.  This has usually meant projects which LRC could not necessarily feel able to pay for out of normal revenue.  The 6s and 7s followed on from the Thirties Club established by an earlier generation of LRC members who had rowed together before World War II.  The inaugural dinner of the 6s and 7s was held at the clubhouse on 4th December 1980.

Originally the 6s and 7s was open to those who had represented LRC at any level between 1965 and 1975, but it has since expanded to include anyone who rowed in the 1960s and 1970s and who is a member of LRC.

In its early years, the Club also used to meet in the Spring, sometimes away from Putney, visits including the Royal Yacht Squadron Castle at Cowes, as well as Chamonix.  Now it confines itself to an annual dinner at the clubhouse in the autumn, currently attended by some 15 members.  The dinner fee is doubled up, the top-up being added to funds for projects agreed at dinners.

Projects that the 6s and 7s have paid for in full, or helped to finance, down the years include a pair of pairs; the original scullers’ shed on the gapsite (replaced by the Club following an insurance claim in 2015);  a set of oars;  an eight;  restoring a number of oil paintings;  Theo Ramos’ reproduction of the 1860 Club painting lost in World War II;  the international honours boards in the entrance area (the last two projects marked LRC’s 150th anniversary in 2006); Presidents’ portraits of Edgar Howitt and Peter Coni;  the framing of portraits of Presidents in a matching style for the Long Room; and most recently the repair of furniture in the Fairbairn and Members’ Rooms, and a contribution to the Gym Appeal.

The 6s and 7s is run by a small committee of trustees.  The founding trustees in 1980 were Giles Chichester, Simon Rippon and David Ainslie.  Robert Rakison replaced David in 1990 and Simon stepped down in 2006.  All remain members of the club. In 2008 Giles and Robert were succeeded in turn by Christopher Grainger and Julian Ebsworth.


                     Three distinguished gents


LRC 2017 Annual Dinner

The Club's Annual Dinner on Friday 27 January 2017 was a sell-out!




Our guest of honour was Jonathan Steel, the President of Remenham Club who proposed the health of London Rowing Club. Jonathan rowed at LRC in the 1960s. Our Captain Matthew Cummings replied, and proposed the health of our guests.  The Captain of Vesta Rowing Club, Harry Bond replied on their behalf.



Our thanks are due to Olivia Malcolm Berry and her team for giving us a memorable and enjoyable evening.



[Photographs:  Chris Whyte]


During the dinner an updated internationals board was displayed, and a new listing also made an appearance of the Club's winners in the Scullers' Head of the River Race, featuring the Club's four winners  - see photos below. 




Jessica Eddie (Silver medal in the Women's VIII) and Mark Aldred (B Final winner in the LM4-), who rowed in the Olympics at Rio, with the internationals board.  Imogen Walsh (Gold medal in the WL4x in the World Championships at Rotterdam) was abroad and unable to attend the dinner.  




Stephen Feeney and John Melvin standing alongside the Blackstaffe Trophy and the new Scullers' Head winners' list. Stephen (left) won the event in 2010;  John was deputising for his father, Doug, who won in 1957 and 1958. Other LRC winners have been John Marsden in the inaugural race of 1954 and Tony Fox in 1955 and 1956.  







[Photographs: Tim Grant]


Hadaway Harry coming to LRC soon!

In February 2017 London Rowing Club will play host to a hit play about the Victorian Geordie rower who invented the sport we know and love so much today.

Harry "Hadaway" Clasper, who was from Tyneside, was the Sir Steve Redgrave of his day having led seven teams to win the Championship of the World on the Thames at Putney. In addition Harry, in the 1840s, invented and built the slim, light boats and outriggers used by modern scullers.  At the time Clasper's revolutionary new initiatives were ridiculed because rowers were still using the old clinker-built boats that had been a feature on rivers for centuries.  Harry also went on to train future world champions and umpired world championships.

The play, "Hadaway Harry", which will be performed at Newcastle's 1200-seat Theatre Royal, will have an out-of-town-run at  London Rowing Club.  The play itself, which was performed to sell-out crowds and received standing ovations on Tyneside in June 2015, focuses on the very first time the Geordie oarsmen - led by Clasper and comprising his brothers - defeated the "unbeatable" Thamesmen in 1845.

Playwright Ed Waugh, whose shows have been performed nationally and internationally, explained: "Rowing was the sport of the working class prior to football. Every major river had its champion so there was huge interest in matches because civic pride was at stake.  "When Harry led his team of brothers to Putney in 1845 to win the World Championship for the first time it caused a sensation nationally; was akin to Fulham beating Barcelona in the final of the European Cup!  Even Charles Dickens wrote about the wonderful spectacle of the Geordies versus the Thamesmen.  The National Rowing Museum in Henley features the modern greats but at the very start of the rowing timeline there you'll see writ large the name of an illiterate, former Durham miner called Harry Clasper."

Waugh added: "After 1845, Harry went on to dominate national rowing for the next 25 years and when he died in 1870, aged 58, more than 130,000 people crammed the streets of Newcastle and Gateshead to pay tribute."

Harry Clasper was a regular visitor to Putney. He often lodged in The Feathers pub at the mouth of the River Wandle when preparing for races.  Harry Clasper's son, John Hawks Clasper, himself a top rower, went on to live in Putney; Lower Richmond Road and Stainbridge Road, both within a few hundred yards of the London Rowing Club.  John, who also lived in and ran The Feathers pub, was a master boater builder; his workshop, on the banks of the Thames in Putney, is now the Westminster School boathouse, which still bears his name, JH Clasper.

Hadaway Harry will be performed at London Rowing Club on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18. The show starts at 7.30pm on both evenings with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.  Tickets, limited to 80 per show, cost only £16 from (0191) 424 7788.  For further details visit:  You can also watch a trailer on